When I was pregnant with Zach, I was just turning 40 and freaking out about putting on too much baby weight. I was obsessed with the idea that I would never feel comfortable in my own body again and I didn’t want to live that way.
I worked out until the day before going into the hospital, but I had the time to workout. Ellie was in school full time and work wasn’t nearly crazy as it is now. I went to The Dailey Method 4 to 5 times a week and long hikes on other days. Not only did I feel good about myself, it made my recovery from my C-Section so much easier!
This time isn’t my friend. I have a very active 20 month old, a 1st grader who’s at the dance studio 5 days a week, work is busy, friends getting married and life is just way busier! I haven’t had the time to get to The Dailey Method as often as I would like to. It’s been so beyond frustrating and I’ve been beating myself up about it.
This is where my new Omron Alvita pedometer enters the story. On days that I know I won’t get in my normal workout I clip on my pedometer and start walking. You would be amazed at how many steps you take in a day chasing a toddler!
If, by 6pm, I’m not close to 10,000 steps I know that I need to take a walk around the block, laps in the backyard, or a game of chase with Zach. You would be surprised how easy it is to get 10,000 steps in, especially if you put your mind to it!
When I don’t take the time to get some physical activity in I can almost instantly feel the stress of life start to creep in. My shoulders start to tense up and I get a little snappier with the kids. Let’s be honest, I’m 8 months pregnant, I’m already a ticking time bomb. To keep that bomb from going off, I make sure that I get my steps in!
Tips on how to get in 10,000 steps
1. Don’t park close to the front. Don’t drive around looking for a close spot, take the time to walk.
2. Head to the market or better yet, Target. Just wander around.
3. Walk to the mailbox, especially if it isn’t at the end of your driveway.
4. Vacuum and dust. Not only will your house be clean, but you’ll get some extra steps in.
5. March in place while watching your favorite TV show.
Every step you take is in the direction of a healthier lifestyle, so start tracking your progress with Omron’s new Alvita Ultimate Pedometer (HJ-325). Special technology allows you to stow it in your pocket or purse and still get an accurate step count, while also offering the traditional option of wearing it on your hip. Like Omron on Facebook and challenge yourself to walk it off!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Omron. The opinions and text are all mine.